Sat Bains added Nucleus, a six-seater restaurant-within-a-restaurant, to his eponymous venue in June 2015.
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“Sat is a genius”, and the “edgy” and “amazingly executed” cuisine at his fringe-of-Nottingham HQ can be “beyond delicious”, both within the main dining room, or – if you want to push the boat out further – at ‘Nucleus’, a new six-seater chef’s table within his development kitchen. True “it is difficult to get away from the fact that it is a ’70s, brick, motel-like structure, in an industrial setting” amidst pylons and “under a ring road”, but for most reporters the “exceptional food more than compensates for the bizarre location”. Other niggles this year? – that it is “so expensive” seemed to grate a little more, and service – on most accounts “hugely professional” – also showed instances of being “a little automated”, or in the odd case even dictatorial.
“You have to add this to your bucket list!” – Sat Bains’s famous restaurant-with-rooms won the No. 1 slot this year in our listing of Top-100 UK Restaurants. It certainly doesn’t win its accolades for its location – on the edge of a city-fringe industrial estate, surrounded by fly-overs and pylons (once memorably described by the chef himself as ‘like finding a diamond in a piece of turd’). But in culinary terms, “it’s an experience from start to finish”, delivering “out-of-this-world, quirky and offbeat” dishes, with “amazing flavours”. A seat at the chef’s table provides a particularly good trip, and – for those in search of something even more ‘experiential’ – in June 2015 Sat Bains opened Nucleus, a ‘restaurant within-a-restaurant’ with just 6 seats and its own dedicated kitchen.
The “strange” city-fringe location is a bit “Crossroads Motel”… but “once you’re inside you can’t see the flyover and pylons”, from Sat Bains’s famous restaurant-with-rooms; “you’re here for the kitchen”, and the food is indeed “incredible” – just like the prices!
“Under the flyover and pylons is a strange setting” for this renowned restaurant-with-rooms, near the city limits; Sat Bains is “a really down-to-earth guy”, but his cooking is “stunning” and “continually surprising” – “inventive without being plain stupid”; “it’s expensive for the Midlands” (and this location) however.
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"There is always something new on the menu here. We like that Sat is always pushing our culinary boundarys. However these days he is also pushing the prices ever closer to the edge of reasonable. Service was as usual very efficient with quite a lot of new faces on this visit. Still not overkeen on the location."
"Busy Saturday dinner. Not easy to book. Food is innovative and edgy and ideal for experienced diners who want to push their boundary's. Dishes not as pretty as some restaurants but the creativity is undeniable. Service is a little automated with minimal customer interaction but it is efficiently organised. The ambience was helped by a full restaurant however its difficult to get away from the fact that its a 70s reclaimed brick bungalow in a industrial setting."
Lenton Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2SA
dinner 7 pm - 9.30 pm
Last orders: Mon & Tue closed, Wed & Thur 9 pm, Fri & Sat 9.45